Barber pole

Those red-white and blue striped barber’s poles. Who doesn’t have a memory of them: the symbol of a visit to the barber’s shop, not so long ago. Nowadays a barber’s pole is becoming a more rare phenomenon. A lot of…

Rudy Stroink: The City of Private Initiative

“As an experiment, we should try leaving most things – or even everything – to the market. We’ve been trying it the other way round for long enough.”What is the future of cities? Why is it important to invest…

CityPoem 91 – Utrecht (2)

In a small street just outside the old city center of Utrecht, The Netherlands, this short inspiring poem recreates the feeling of wondering the streets on a warm spring day.Poem by Virginie Driesen: een straat in de zon en…

CityPoem 34 – Portland

Poetry used as a protest against war.Both the poem and the projection on the street by http://www.objector.org/. Portland CityPoem: General, Your Tank is a Powerful Vehicle, Bertolt Brecht General, your tank is a powerful vehicle it smashes down forests…

CityPoem 92 – Amsterdam (2)

What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where do fast moving urbanites take their natural pause? In Amsterdam, city of water, it is by the many bridges.Under the Bridge What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where…

CityPoem 33 – Philadelphia

Poetry looking for the soul of a house to be demolished – and thereby for the soul of Philadelphia. For this is/was not just a house.  Philadelphia CityPoem: Dilworth House, Dr. R.E. Booth Jr. This house stands in Philadelphia,…

CityPoem 32 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

A poem posted on a wall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, expressing the poet’s reaction to a graffiti mural painted by an unknown artist.The poem has some plays on words that are hard to translate, so some words below…

CityPoem 31 – Osaka

A CityPoem from Osaka, Japan, from an old Japanese anthology of poems collected by imperial command in 12 centuries.Osaka CityPoem Rough meaning: Hazy moon on the spring night. It seems like the tide came in to the naniwa (osaka)…